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April 15, 2019

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Alabama Attorney General

Attorney General Steve Marshall Presents Eastwood Middle School
With 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence
(MONTGOMERY) – Attorney General Steve Marshall today presented Eastwood Middle School
with an Attorney General’s Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence for State Board of
Education District 4. Schools were selected as winners for 2018 from each of the eight state
school board districts as well as private schools for each* state region.
“In these times, we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the
safekeeping of our children,” said Attorney General Marshall. “The Alabama Safe Schools
Awards of Excellence is an important tradition of the Attorney General’s Office, to recognize
schools throughout our state for dedication and excellence in keeping students safe. With these
awards, we honor those who have achieved particularly high standards and set examples that
others may follow. We are grateful for their service and commitment to protecting the children
of Alabama.”
In presenting the award today Attorney General Marshall said, “The Attorney General’s Office
is proud that Eastwood Middle School was selected as one of the 10 winning schools in
Alabama for 2018. In making this decision, judges cited a great overall safety plan, noting many
things that distinguished Eastwood Middle School: strong collaboration with law enforcement
and local emergency officials, excellent crisis management and training, and strong mentoring
Principal Eric Hines said, “School safety is imperative and only achieved when stakeholders
collaborate to provide safe spaces for our students to learn and grow. Eastwood Middle is
fortunate to have faculty & staff, students, TCS Central Support and a plethora of Law
Enforcement including Tuscaloosa City and County Police who daily answers the call to keep
our schools safe.”
Attorney General Marshall is presenting awards for the 2018 Safe Schools Initiative Award of
Excellence winners to the 10 winning schools this spring. Other winning schools throughout
the state include Orange Beach Elementary School in Baldwin County, Richland Elementary
School in Lee County, Nichols-Lawson Middle School in Talladega County, Prattville Junior
High School in Autauga County, Decatur High School in Morgan County, Hewitt-Trussville
Middle School in Jefferson County, Morris P-8 School in Madison County, Saint James School in
Montgomery County and the Lakeside School in Barbour County.
*No submissions were received this year for a private school in the Northern region of Alabama.
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